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One thing that has interested me in the 60 years or so since I moved into Lewis County is the number of small communities that thrived for a while and then disappeared, many — if not most … more
Of all the answers to questions posed by The Chronicle Editorial Board during a series of local election debates, none were more puzzling than one offered by Port of Centralia Commission challenger … more
Pursuing public office requires courage. It means your private life is in many cases no longer private, that your past mistakes could be used against you and that those brave enough to put their … more
Under a hot summer sun in August, my stepdaughter and I discussed which dates would work best for us to watch a Washington State University Cougar home football game. My daughter plays clarinet in … more
The 75th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials went by with hardly a mention in November 2020. Now, in 2021, 76 years later, the lessons of Nuremberg should be remembered and … more
As the COVID-19 pandemic winds down and the rest of our country returns to life as normal, Washington state has emerged as a leader in oppression.  Nearly 2,000 state government employees got … more
Pretty much every day we’re reading about people either being fired or quitting over the mandatory vaccination measures.  And at least here in Washington, as I’ve read, they will … more
Last Thursday’s edition of The Chronicle started wheels spinning in this old writer’s brain about dreams for our future.  The article was about the sale of a property oldtimers … more
Washington's eviction moratorium has been a lifeline for many renters throughout the coronavirus pandemic. But for the good of landlords and as a step toward normalizing the economy, Gov. Jay Inslee … more
Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota was never a darling of conservatives; however, in his later years he shocked fellow Democrats by his outspoken backing for streamlining government regulations and … more
The Navy SEALs lost part of their living history Sept. 30 with the passing of Master Chief Petty Officer Peter Paul Slempa Jr., a plank owner (or member) of the original SEAL Team One, which formed … more
Washington's road to a payroll tax supporting long-term care has too many potholes for a smooth journey. Gov. Jay Inslee should suspend the program until legislators have an opportunity to level the … more
Last week, as high school students in my hometown of Chehalis mourned a second death by suicide of one of our community’s teenagers in the last month, a local mom and doctor decided to do … more
Over two million acres of working forests managed by the State of Washington provide a sustainable and continuous supply of timber, clean water for salmon, habitat for wildlife, family-wage jobs and … more
You’ve read it before, haven’t you? I mean the part where this so-called columnist complains about an overcrowded drawer in his file cabinet, just bulging with bits and pieces that he … more
The state's web site supporting its long-term-care plan recently crashed after Washington workers scrambled to file for an exemption. Gov. Jay Inslee should take the hint and use his emergency … more
Visitors to downtown Chehalis can don wings for flights — at least of fancy — by posing for photos in front of the new “Lifting Up Chehalis” winged mural on the side of … more
Unfortunately, what happens in Taiwan doesn’t just stay in Taiwan. It impacts us. So when President Xi Jinping announced China’s plan to step up “unification” efforts, it … more
Public school boards are facing a lot of controversy right now. This fall, the families of 50,000 students have pulled their children out of Washington’s public schools, 5 percent of the … more
Tribal treaty rights are being attacked by so-called conservation groups that threaten legal action against our hatcheries. Hatchery production is an essential part of salmon recovery. Along with … more
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